Feb. 15, 2004
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Distance ace Matt Gonzales won a pair of races in his indoor season debut to lead the University of New Mexico men to an impressive trio of head-to-head victories on Saturday at the J.L. Walkup Skydome. New Mexico cruised past UC-Irvine (97.5-49.5) and Southern Utah (88.5-58.5), and downed the home team, Northern Arizona, 81-69. Amanda Barnes won the shot put and weight throw, but the Lobo women finished the day 1-2. UNM defeated UC-Irvine, 74.5-62.5, but fell to NAU (79-65) and Southern Utah (85.66-53.33).
Both the men and women enjoyed their best meet of the 2004 indoor season, winning eight gold medals and recording season bests in a combined 14 events. The Lobos also set a pair of school records, including an unlikely new standard in the 60-meter dash from true freshman Jeramie White.
White clocked an altitude-adjusted time of 6.91 to win the event, bettering his previous best by 0.20 seconds. Senior Chris Garofola held the previous school record, clocking a time of 6.96 last year. Junior Amanda Barnes, meanwhile, reclaimed the UNM weight throw record from teammate Jamie Fishencord with a winning throw of 53-09.75, over three feet beyond her previous best.
Fresh off his 13th place finish at the USA Cross Country Championships, junior Matt Gonzales cruised to victories in the 800 and 1,500 meters in his first official indoor appearance. He clocked career-best times in both events, running a 1:53.69 800 and recording an unofficial altitude-adjusted time of 4:08.58 in the mile. New Mexico's homegrown distance crew overwhelmed the competition, as Gonzales, junior Nick Martinez, junior Cameron Clarke and senior Sean Flaherty finished 1-2-3-4 in the mile. Gonzales, senior Matt Bishop, junior Nate Clem and freshman Mike Smiel then placed 1-3-4-5 in the 800.
Seniors Jordan Parker and Jason Barkemeyer led the way in the throws as Parker earned his first career indoor victory with a personal-best throw of 53-05.50 in the shot put. Barkemeyer finished second with a toss of 51-03.00 then notched a career-best mark of 52-01.25 to finish fourth in the weight throw. Parker, meanwhile, was just behind in fifth with a mark of 50-04.75.
On the women's side, Barnes picked up her first gold medals of the year, including a winning throw of 45-06.75 in the shot put. Back on the track, sophomore Kimilia Davis and freshman Riann Lucy earned their first career victories in the 400 and 800, respectively. Davis recorded a personal record time of 57.34, while Lucy crossed the line in a season-best 2:15.65, nearly three second ahead of the runner-up.
Indoor sophomore Jacquelyne Gallegos continued her stellar comeback season finishing third in a powerful mile field. Gallegos clocked an unofficial altitude-adjusted time of 4:58.24, a career-best and just one second behind the winner, NAU standout Ida Nilsson.
The Lobos get a well-deserved weekend off before traveling to Colorado Springs, Colo. for the 2004 Mountain West Conference Indoor Championships, Feb. 26-28.